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Long time local civic activist for human rights, Barbara Z. Rofkar, writes of her feelings in this time of ugly news of assaults on minorities in our country almost every day.5 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Bellingham should join hundreds of communities nationwide that have built competitive and affordable public fiber optic cable networks to drive economic opportunity and development.1 comment, most recent 3 months ago
Unprincipled Whatcom County State Senator Doug Ericksen is urged to resign. Britt and Riordan first broke the news of his Cambodia hijinks on NW Citizen.8 comments, most recent 3 months ago
We are wallowing in a sea of debt. Affordable housing is a pipe-dream under these conditions.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Doug Ericksen and Vincent Buys are in Cambodia as we post this. What are these two Washington State 42nd Legislative District elected officials doing in Cambodia? What indeed!11 comments, most recent 1 year ago
We are about local news at NWCitizen - but we are also citizens of the United States - or have we forgotten who we are?3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Veteran Television Journalist Ali Velshi talks about Culture, Identity Politics and his role in “Spotlighting the Political Circus in the United States”.14 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Myopic leadership in the NFL is the problem.
The goal of this article is to highlight a few amazing scientific discoveries in the hopes that it will motivate us to create an economy based on science instead of war.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
An analysis of Senator Doug Ericksen’s alleged “double dipping” during early 2017 when serving as a senior adviser at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.
Gas hit $1.55 a litre in Vancouver this week. The safe prediction is that pump prices will never go down.11 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Where did Doug Ericksen spend thousands of dollars in surplus campaign funds in Washington, DC, and what did he spend them for?
Perception Clashes with Reality on the Prime Minister’s Latest Gambol to India6 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Sen. Doug Ericksen’s blind fealty to a deeply unpopular president and his profligate use of taxpayer funds are likely to cost him dearly as he vies to get reelected in November.8 comments, most recent 1 year ago
It’s up to the western United States — which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton — to rescue our democracy from the ravages of the Trump regime.
The road gets rocky for the selfie-obsessed prime minister10 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Peter Gigante of Fairhaven says Donald Trump will take action on the USA’s trade imbalance with China. This action should come soon.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Social Justice Warriors South of the Border Could Learn from Vancouver’s Experience with Reintegrating Sexual Offenders into the Community4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
A critical analysis of our United States relations with Asian countries since WWII - and the China bashing we now hear from Trump and his supporters.
Fossil-fuel loving climate-change deniers—including Doug Ericksen—who have taken over the federal government are seriously endangering our nation and planet.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
By presidential and governor proclamations, flags were lowered to half-staff today in respect for those murdered and wounded in Las Vegas last night.13 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Doug Ericksen and Anthony Scaramucci were ill cast in the role of communications directors.
The Trump regime has turned its back on science and reason, endangering democracy in America.
The author of “The Mushroom Hunters” takes on the Pacific Northwest’s signature environmental issue.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
The President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement flies directly in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence for human-caused climate change. It calls into question his ability to lead this great nation.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Startling change in British Columbia government today, Monday, may lead to the cancelling pipeline and no increase in oil tankers in the San Juan Islands6 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Whatcom 3 update: Ericksen will not be held in contempt for ignoring subpoena. Dismissal based on destruction of evidence also unlikely; ruling expected May 25. Dismissal based on4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Trump has been criticized for softening his stance on China. But Peter Gigante, who became Washington’s largest Trump donor largely because he supported the candidate’s trade policies, says “wait and see.”11 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Along with Don Benton, State Senator Doug Ericksen appears to have no future with the Environmental Protection Agency—not in DC nor at its Seattle regional office.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Right now - this week - a freight train is on its way from London to China - reopening the ancient land trade trail between China and Europe.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
United Air has legitimate passenger literally bloodied and dragged off plane - video, and more. Near monopoly arrogance on display.
Student Loan default rates are now higher in America than for any other form of debt, even credit card debt. Why is this?
The people facing trial for blocking Guide Meridian in Lynden on the day of Trump’s rally go after Sen. Doug Ericksen.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Bernie Sanders is proposing single-payer health insurance for all Americans. With the failure of the GOP to repeal Obamacare, now is the moment for all - left and right - to support Bernie.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Despite being presented with massive evidence of fraud by courageous whistle-blowers, the Obama DOJ failed to lay charges.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
The “Continuous Coverage” certification requirement is in abeyance by executive order but not for your CPA.
A local Democratic women’s group organized an open-mic rally to honor the day.
Hillary Clinton focused almost exclusively on personal attacks on her opponent rather than policy messaging.
Public banks are the answer to low cost financing and divestment from the private banking casino.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
A brief look at the oil economy and prospects
An exploration of the ideas behind identity politics, such as they are.
Over at the Latte Republic, Elisabeth Britt examines State Senator Doug Ericksen’s attendance in Olympia and compares that to state laws.
A look behind the scenes of Bellingham’s Women’s March, which took place two weeks ago.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
First they came for the Muslims and I did not speak out…1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Michael Riordan guest writes about state senators Doug Ericksen and Don Benton being appointed by President Trump to bring his changes to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
English Rugby Team vision consultant Sherylle Calder advises them to limit smart phone use.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
There is no Gort to save us.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Trump supporter: America must fight back against China3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
How much have we ceded our rights in the workplace? David Ellerman tells us…a lot!9 comments, most recent 2 years ago
This blather about Trump is not getting done what needs to be done to take the country back from the oligarchs.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
How a grinch - and maybe two of them - are callously causing the post office of over 100 years to close in Fairhaven, an historic community on the south edge of Bellingham.
Banks are loosening their lending standards again. Just the ticket for a collapse.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
A brief commentary on recent events and their historical context.
A brief essay, an homage, to people of the country. Country People.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
While the push is for ever greater economic acceleration, deceleration is the counter-intuitive solution for the future.
Taken from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The anti-DAPL activists camped out here asked for no photographs to be taken inside the camp for privacy reasons - so this panoramic view is all I had permission to publish.
Most - maybe all - reading this have much to be thankful for. Many may feel grief or despair because of the elections. They should not because what we have [...]
In the 1944 play “Huis Clos” (No Exit) by Jean-Paul Sartre, two women and a man find themselves in hell, a room with no exit. One of the women is attracted [...]
Canadians are generally bemused and mystified by the reality show that U.S. Presidential politics has become. (I guess so are a lot of Americans - ed.). After all, in [...]
Whatcom County Councilmember Ken Mann has an election hangover. What’s an election hangover, you may ask? It’s a political term that is often used to describe a sitting [...]
Neoliberalism: A political theory of the late 1900s holding that personal liberty is maximized by limiting government interference in the operation of free markets.5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
We feel it appropriate to allow this millennial to blast away at us for my articles on Trump and Hillary. These articles can be referred to a year and years from now for how well they stand up.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
A dire prediction of the Trump presidency, one that hopefully will not come true. But if he does as he promised, as history suggests, then he may repeat history.
A friend writes to me this morning: “As usual, the very good writer Thomas Frank has something to say, & what he says is correct … but the Nile, Ganges, Mississippi &[...]
Why I am proud and pleased to vote for Hillary Clinton for President. In brief, she is the most qualified person in America to lead us in these next years.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
A pro Trump 30 something challenged me on my preference for Clinton. I asked another millennial to respond. Plus link to great Seth Meyers video.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
An economic analysis of the contributing factors to increasing inequality.
As of 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, two black people have died in the past week at the hands of police: Keith Lamont Scott, 43, in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Terence [...]
The National Football League has an image problem: drugs, violence against women, and an epidemic of permanent brain damage among its players leap to mind. Just when it looked like [...]
“On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.” But they find out quickly enough. New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner captured something true about our virtual reality with this 1993 caption. [...]
Ellen Murphy writes about the sailboat that sailed toward nuclear test site in Pacific in 1958 and will visit Bellingham August 20 - 22. Now protesting modernization of nuclear weapons.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
This veteran, Chris Brown, deserves our deep thanks for his achievement with Growing Veterans as Executive Director, a post that he has left. He will continue as President of the non-profit, helping veterans with combat trauma.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Supporters say he will beat Hillary Clinton.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Accelerating efforts across the U.S. to install a $15 minimum wage are playing into the hands of big business and codifying enormously insufficient wages for years to come.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Chiara D’Angelo comes across as emotionally intelligent and uncompromising in her high-stakes Coast Guard hearing.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
To borrow phraseology from candidate Bill Clinton and at the risk of again being characterized as Chicken Little, here is some information that may make your teeth itch and your [...]
Talib Kweli played the Wild Buffalo a couple evenings ago and Ralph Schwartz was there. He writes a very personal take on the evening.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
As a veteran, I am a more than a bit sensitive about those who would profit over the condition of veterans in the US especially since those who send those [...]
What the campaign styles of local politicians Pete Kremen and Carl Weimer tell us about presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders4 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Some personal thoughts on thanking our veterans for their service1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
A Canadian radio station is trying to install huge radio towers in Point Roberts for a Canadian audience. Citizen movement has fought them.
Christopher Brown guest writes how traditional communal warrior reintegration practices could help our returning combat veterans.
Moves to set the minimum wage to $15, even if successful, are woefully insufficient. And why aren’t people speaking out about abusive work scheduling?2 comments, most recent 4 years ago
The fight to keep Point Roberts from becoming a Radio Tower Farm is not over.3 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Young Chiara spent 3 nights hanging from the anchor chain of Shell Oil’s Arctic Challenger as a protest to arctic oil drilling.
Riley shares some insight into the national political parties5 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Ellen Murphy gives us a poem for this Martin Luther King day of remembrance.2 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Poet Richard Lewis reflects on Elizabeth Warren3 comments, most recent 4 years ago
On this Veterans Day, a note about how vets need our government to step up - as has never been done. And a personal note on the power of words.3 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Update Oct 22: John Lesow has posted a comment with considerable more information on this issue.1 comment, most recent 4 years ago
A Venn diagram where coal, the Endangered Species Act, Republicans, and Wyoming’s Board of Education collide.2 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Move to Amend is a national movement to amend the U.S. Constitution and define persons as people and speech as not money.7 comments, most recent 5 years ago
An attempt at linking to one or more writers who can help us make sense of going to war with Syria. An alternative to Kerry-Obama.
Contacting Rick Larsen and Susan Delbene is actually a viable citizen exercise just now. Tell them to vote NO on bombing Syria.1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
Saturday afternoon - and a rally is taking place in downtown Bellingham against bombing Syria. Riley Sweeny and his Political Junkie site cover it.
Gee, can we make it any clearer? Publisher opinion. So sad that we have to write this to Obama - who got our vote in 2008 because he said we should not have optional wars.4 comments, most recent 6 years ago
The Feds gag an Email service owner - so he cannot even tell us why he is gagged.2 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Liberal talking head Lawrence O’Donnell went into a bullying rant against a well qualified guest - and showed he’s just like O’Reilly.2 comments, most recent 6 years ago
The explosion of hate and racist rhetoric is the saddest aspect of the verdict. The evidence was complicated and the verdict difficult to make.2 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Edward Snowden is a very courageous patriot, in the opinion of the publisher of NWCitizen.3 comments, most recent 6 years ago